Nel B. Martinez, 57, Chimayó, died Sunday, March 8, 2020.

    Mr. Martinez graduated from Espanola Valley High School in 1981, and went off to follow his passion of becoming a cosmetologist. He earned his certification in cosmetology in 1985 at Vogue College of Cosmetology in Santa Fe.

    He worked at and managed several salons in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, before settling in Chimayó. Mr. Martinez and his sister Sandra, also a cosmetologist, started Hidden Beauty’s Hair Salon n 1990. They managed and serviced clients for over 30 years.

    Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by his brother Jose S. Martinez Jr. and sister Sandra Valdez, both of Chimayó and three grandparents.

    He is survived by his parents Jose Soliz and Angie Martinez, of Chimayó; sisters Darla Vigil, Cundiyo and Sadie Chavez, Española and many other relatives and friends.

    A graveside service took place Tuesday at El Potrero Cemetery in Chimayó.

    Serving as pallbearers were Joshua Vigil, Nic Martinez, Timothy Vigil, Lucas Gomez and Isaiah Chavez. Honorary pallbearers were Candyce Valencia, Andrea Martinez, Desireé Ochoa, Shayna Valdez and Maryssa Chavez and all his great nieces and nephews.

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